A pearl is a pearl – right?

Wrong. We’ve got so many pearls in the workshop just waiting to be made into something wonderful, and going through them the other day it struck me how different they are, and yet they’re all pearls. A bit like potatoes, really. It took an Irish woman to...

‘Tis the season

The wedding season, that is. And not just because of the RW – which was fabulous all the way – but because it’s spring, and summer will come, and everyone wants the perfect weather for their perfect day so therefore it’s wedding season....

Holy Hallmark, Batman!

  I have just discovered that after all my years in the trade I don’t actually know an awful lot about hallmarking!  Oh, I know the important bits like it’s illegal to sell an item as precious metal if the hallmark has not been applied; I know what the...

Why, oh why?…

… does it catch my eye? What is it about the ancient Egyptian combination of semi precious stones and gold that appeals to us so much?  Every civilisation has used semi precious stones and gold, but there’s just something about lapis and turquoise and...

Tantalising Tanzanite

One of the most extraordinary stones – in my humble opinion, naturally – is the Tanzanite.  All stones come in a variety of colours, of course, but there’s just something about the range of colours in the Tanzanite that absolutely entrances me.  The...

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